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Old 03-02-2018, 01:17 PM   #1
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Upgrade to Anodized Aluminum steps by Hickory Springs

Has anyone tired this upgrade from their cheap steel steps. I noticed that my 27 FB trailer came equipped with Hickory Springs steps ( all steel). Looked them up on e-trailer and they sell the same frame size with anodized aluminum steps with steel powder coated frame. They look a lot nicer than my OEM and way less money than the Airstream all aluminum steps, plus I have to say that I tried the new aluminum steps on a new Airstream and found them clumsy, didn't seem to be a rigid as the steel ones .

https://www.etrailer.com/RV-and-Camp...224RFALC1.html

Bonus, for those that have the Lippert brand they seem to have the same bolt pattern: 3/8" bore, 7" on center per side and 24" across.

I've order a set but will not be able to install till later in the month, and will give an update review once done.
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LAWBC let me know when you do. I have a 73 30' and the steps wont lock in up position. Look bad also. I will check out e-trailer link.
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:59 AM   #3
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Hello,
I upgraded our 19' Bambi from the one-step flimsy stock step to a two-step aluminum. The initial reason was due to the lift kit increasing the step height.

Then I just finished upgrading our 23FB from the Hickory to the aluminum two-step.

In both upgrades, I used the Lippert Alumi Thread manual pull-out steps. much more solid and nice appearance. When side-by-side with the Hickory, the difference is very noticeable.

I ordered the Bambi directly from Lippert, and the 23FB from etrailer. About $240.00, I think.

in both installations, I did have to do some fabrication of the brackets to make them solid. Nothing too complicated.
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Old 03-26-2018, 11:27 AM   #4
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See thread "How to gain more clearance" post #5 for a picture of the steps on the Bambi.
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Old 03-28-2018, 07:38 PM   #5
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New steps intalled update

While I received my new aluminum and steel steps. I worked and sweated to remove the 4 bolts that where somewhat rusted and probably for that reason it was such a challenge, but once the old set was off it was easy. I used 4 new bolts from my shop started hand threaded,and snitched them tight. Used a 14mm box and socket wrench.( and a lot of liquid wrench to get the old ones off.).
Conclusion , they are an improvement look and function, with anti skid strips and small weep holes in each step, I would say 100% satisfied .
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Old 03-28-2018, 08:26 PM   #6
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Looks great. Iíll have to keep that in mind.
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Old 03-29-2018, 08:29 AM   #7
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Just one other thing

If you do replace your steps I would recommend that you either have an impact wrench at your disposal or take it to an automotive / tire shop where they have the heavy duty air tools to get the job done . Honestly it was a B to get them off , it was so painful 1/4 turn using my closed box wrench. You just can't get enough purchase power using a socket wrench because you are pushing up and turning at the same time and those suckers where rusted on but good.
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Old 03-31-2018, 10:20 AM   #8
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If you do replace your steps I would recommend that you either have an impact wrench at your disposal or take it to an automotive / tire shop where they have the heavy duty air tools to get the job done . Honestly it was a B to get them off , it was so painful 1/4 turn using my closed box wrench. You just can't get enough purchase power using a socket wrench because you are pushing up and turning at the same time and those suckers where rusted on but good.
Thanks for sharing all these details.

Other than the difficulty of removing the bolts, did everything with the new stuff line up correctly? Did you have to drill anything?
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If you do replace your steps I would recommend that you either have an impact wrench at your disposal or take it to an automotive / tire shop where they have the heavy duty air tools to get the job done . Honestly it was a B to get them off , it was so painful 1/4 turn using my closed box wrench. You just can't get enough purchase power using a socket wrench because you are pushing up and turning at the same time and those suckers where rusted on but good.
As another technique...
With a box wrench, you can use a hammer on the other end. Preferably a dead blow, but any hammer will work!
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Thanks for sharing all these details.

Other than the difficulty of removing the bolts, did everything with the new stuff line up correctly? Did you have to drill anything?
Everything was a perfect match I had no issues with alignment with existing hangers. I suggest to pack underneath with a box to support the steps and get within 1 inch of the hangers nuts then you can start tightening by hand. Rotate around each bolt cinch them up evenly. I was fortunate to have 4 new bolts and I would recommend that as well.
Also I'm not suggesting that removing the bolts is impossible, 2 of them came off reasonably well, but there was those 2 that did not. I heated them up slightly then soaked them with liquid wrench then wait a few minutes did that a couple of times.
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My steps were in bad shape. I have a 2008 Safari SE 25FB and wanted to replace them. I took the advice from this post and ordered them from eTrailer. They arrived today and I installed them. Removed them without a problem. Bolts came out easily. Installed the new steps using my floor jack and a small piece of plywood. Lined them up and the holes lined up perfectly. I am very please with them. They look great. Thanks for the excellent advice. They seem to stick out a little farther than the old ones but I can live with that. Here are before and after pictures.

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They seem to stick out a little farther than the old ones but I can live with that. Here are before and after pictures.
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Closed in stow position.
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:34 AM   #14
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I replaced my OEM steps with these, and while they were indeed a perfect fit on my 2012 27FB, about a month in, one of the steel crossbars beneath the top step has detached due to a bad weld. Also one of the black traction strips has began to bubble. The vendor, etrailer.com, would not allow me to return them or provide a replacement unit without incurring return shipping of $30.

So I contacted the manufacturer who was great about it and are going to help me out by sending a no-cost replacement. But what I learned is apparently these particular steps are now discontinued and have been replaced by an extruded aluminum version, which are a few dollars more, but look to be a little more robust.

Anyway, I will of course be avoiding etrailer.com in the future, but big shoutout to the manufacturer, Hickory Springs, for stepping up so to speak.
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MORryde step

I had to replace my steps(after running over a rock) and luckily I talked my engineers at MORryde to build some clip on steps for me that go to the ground. We are currently working on making some that attach to the inside and flip up into the door jam. If anyone has any questions about these just let me know.
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i ordered the Stromberg Carlson SMEX-24-29 Hickory Springs Extruded Aluminum Step-Double, 9"

its a two step unit
11.5" high when folded and 14.75" when extended as measured from under the floor mounting point
the lower step sticks out 19.5" from the front the side of the As

the three steps unit are too high folded for my as22FB
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Old 05-24-2019, 01:28 PM   #17
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I see the Hickory steps come in either a 7" or 9" drop/rise. Does anyone know the drop of the factory step for a 2013 25' International?
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you can get the Stromberg Carlson SMEX-24 series steps in 1, 2 3 or 4 step options

here are the spec for the 7" and 9" two step models
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